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09/23/2008 09:05:22 PM · #1
I never set a password for my router--

(Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 w/speedbooster)--

I am almost positive my neighbors are stealing/using my wi/fi-- I notice big time speed drops--

How do I set a password for my router/?
09/23/2008 09:10:25 PM · #2
go to //192.168.1.1/

username is admin

there should be no password, just hit enter.

Go to administration to set a password. This will prevent anyone else from accessing these controls.

Go to Wireless---> Wireless Security to set the access key. This will keep the neighbors from hijacking your bandwidth.

Hope this helps. (and works!)

Message edited by author 2008-09-23 21:13:04.
09/23/2008 09:14:06 PM · #3
In your browser, go to 192.168.1.1 (this is Linksys' default router IP.)

If you didn't set a password for your router, the default should be admin/admin when the username/password comes up.

Once you're in your router's settings, go to the wireless tab, then just under that go to wireless security.

Then, choose WEP or WPA and set the rest of the settings to something you want.

This will password protect your wireless internet. To protect the router itself, go to the administration tab and set a password there as well.

*EDIT* awww heck. EBJones beat me.

Message edited by author 2008-09-23 21:14:29.
09/23/2008 09:15:40 PM · #4
Yay, me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:)
09/23/2008 09:18:31 PM · #5
Dang, I thought he was talking about a battery operated wood finishing tool. : )
09/23/2008 09:18:31 PM · #6
Password won't be enough to stop your neighbors from stealing your bandwidth. Just go to www.linksys.com, search for model's user manual, and look for the instructions on using encryption. I strongly suggest WPA2, witch is best for protection.

Good luck
09/23/2008 09:21:17 PM · #7
Originally posted by tictactek:

Password won't be enough to stop your neighbors from stealing your bandwidth. Just go to www.linksys.com, search for model's user manual, and look for the instructions on using encryption. I strongly suggest WPA2, witch is best for protection.

Good luck


Unless he's in a college Dorm at MIT or equivalent, he hardly needs to worry about the differences between WEP/WPA/WPA2. Using any of them will give him perfectly reasonable protection.
09/23/2008 09:30:45 PM · #8
Actually if he's not using the wireless portion of his router, turning it off would be the simplest solution.
09/23/2008 09:31:51 PM · #9
I use the wireless for my itouch-- Im trying the above suggestions-- thxs
09/23/2008 09:32:03 PM · #10
Originally posted by tictactek:

Password won't be enough to stop your neighbors from stealing your bandwidth. Just go to //www.linksys.com, search for model's user manual, and look for the instructions on using encryption. I strongly suggest WPA2, witch is best for protection.

Good luck


Very true, and if you read the previous posts, we both told him to go to the security page and encrypt the network. The password is vital, though. Without it, anyone can access the admin pages and set up encryption so he won't be able to access his own network.
09/23/2008 09:48:44 PM · #11
not working-- my password isnt being accepted--

I got wpa personal/enterprise 1 and 2 + radius and wep-- its generating key codes --

which One do I choose?
09/23/2008 10:02:50 PM · #12
Originally posted by buzzrock:

not working-- my password isnt being accepted--

I got wpa personal/enterprise 1 and 2 + radius and wep-- its generating key codes --

which One do I choose?


Not sure what you're seeing here.

First, what do you mean by "my password isnt being accepted"? Are you not able to get into the admin screens, or is it not letting you set up a password?

Then there's the encryption thing. . .

I use WPA with a 26 digit encryption code that I find easy to remember. What, specifically, is it asking for?
09/23/2008 11:32:35 PM · #13
You could also restrict access to the MAC address (those are the hardware electronic serial numbers of each network card) and then you don't have to use any WEP/WPA/WPA2 codes.... or use both...but also....turn off the SSID broadcast.

09/24/2008 12:43:56 AM · #14
Do you have the linksys WRT54G?
If so do what the others have said, go to your browser and enter 192.168.1.1 and admin is by default the user and do not enter a password.
Also like others have stated you can set the router up to be secure in several way and redundant ways.
I would use WPA and let it produce you a looooooooooooong secure password.
Then restrict the number of ports to however many devices you have. If you have 5 devices running on your router only allow 5 ports (100-104).
I would also restrict mac addresses to your devices. Get the mac address to each device you have connected to your network and only allow them. Mac address will look like this XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX. X being a number or Alphabetical Letter.

NOTE: One thing if you have the model above is the tricky part of limiting the ports and mac addresses. You will need to first set a session-1 to disallow all ports in the port section. And do the same in the mac section. Then session-2 (in both port and mac) define your port range and mac addresses.

The combination of an encrypted code along with limiting ports to the amount of devices you have on your network and applying only the mac address of those devices will give you the best possible security.

Hope this helps.

Don't help me though! My Linksys went out tonight. Still under warranty but they want me to send it to them (I pay shipping). When they receive it and check it out they will send me a refurbishment or new unit. So my two boys are going nuts because they will not have internet for about six weeks. That's how long linksys technical support and their RMA depart told me it would take to get a new one. If I had the money I would just buy a new one and not worry with the hassle. But not able to do so at this time.

S/

Message edited by author 2008-09-24 00:49:37.
09/24/2008 12:48:04 AM · #15
You should just blow up their house.

Or get this AirSnare. Then you will know which house to blow up.

If you were a super hacker you could steal their identity and sell it back to them.

Message edited by author 2008-09-24 00:49:07.
09/24/2008 01:34:11 AM · #16
just to make things clear... changing your routers web admin password does not secure your network. you need to make sure you have wpa encryption set as well.
09/24/2008 06:51:40 PM · #17
Okay Im back at this today--

When I goto wireless security page I get the follwing options-

1-Disabled

2-WPA personal : This allows me to choose either TKIP or AES algorithms-- Has a blank field for WPA Shared KEY, and then a group key renewal set to 3600 seconds

3-WPA Enterprise : SAme algo choices as above, Radius servers adrees, Radius Port and shared key are new fields

4-WPA2 Personal same as WPA personal but has TKIP and AES together

5-WPA2 Enterprise same as WPA Enterprise but once again has TKIP + AES

6-Radius : This has Security Mode:
RADIUS Server Address:
RADIUS Port:
Shared Key:
Default Transmit Key:
WEP Encryption:
Passphrase:
Key 1:
Key 2:
Key 3:
Key 4:

7-WEp : Shows Security Mode:
Default Transmit Key:
WEP Encryption:
Passphrase:
Key 1:
Key 2:
Key 3:
Key 4:


See why im confuse-- I hope this helps you help me-- :)

09/24/2008 07:16:05 PM · #18
Just do a basic 64 bit code. Something really easy to put into devices so that when you hook up your Zune to the wireless it is simple. Every device that you will hook up to your newly encrypted wireless will have to have the code entered at least once, so it can be a bit of a pain.
09/24/2008 07:28:26 PM · #19
Originally posted by Jason_Cross:

Just do a basic 64 bit code. Something really easy to put into devices so that when you hook up your Zune to the wireless it is simple. Every device that you will hook up to your newly encrypted wireless will have to have the code entered at least once, so it can be a bit of a pain.


Yep. What he said. :)

To be clearer, choose WEP and then in the 'key 1' box, type in a 10 digit hex number that you think you can remember (by writing it down, probably. :)

This ten digit code is the one you will need to enter in your other devices.

Just in case: Hex numbers are 16 bit, so a 'number' for this purpose is the normal 0-9 and the a, b, c, d, e, and f. (the letters replace 10-16)
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